Maseru – Transformation Resource Centre TRC has urged government and Southern African Development Community SADC to ensure that decisions taken at the SADC Double Troika Summit which was held in Gaborone, Botswana are implemented speedily and in full.
This was revealed by the Director of TRC Mr. Ts’oeu Petlane during a press briefing held in Maseru, where he said the organisation remains committed to assist in the implementation of these recommendations.
He said they accept amnesty for suspected mutineers as recommended by Phumaphi Commission of Inquiry saying as they believe in good governance and the rule of law, they advocate that the law should take its course on criminal activities perpetrated by soldiers, adding that amnesty should not be broadened in such a manner that it implies impunity for criminal actions including human rights violations.
Mr. Petlane said the rule of law must be respected and those identified as perpetrators of crimes including the death of Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao be brought to justice, adding that they do not have a problem with blanket amnesty as proposed by government, as long as it is granted on forgivable issues, urging that for the sake of stability and harmony within the Lesotho Defence Force, government does not pursue people suspected of crimes.
He said SADC and government should engage civil society and all other stakeholders in the constitutional reforms and in bringing lasting peace based on justice and the rule of law, saying dialogue is necessary among political parties, particularly on the security and political crisis.
TRC Democracy and Civic Education Officer, Mr. Tsikoane Peshoane said they propose that the SADC Oversight Committee deal first with security issues to facilitate the return of opposition leaders and all other exiles so they could take part in the constitutional reforms.
Mr. Peshoane said the TRC is interested in participating in the Oversight Body’s Programme, particularly the inclusiveness required for constitutional reforms, saying Non-Governmental Organisations are better placed to engage citizens in the important constitutional reforms.
TRC Head of Social and Economic Programme, Mr. Lenka Thamae refuted allegations that the Organisation supports the opposition, saying theirs is to advocate for protection of human rights and democracy, adding that all they want is for people participating in the constitutional reforms.
Meanwhile working in line with the recommendations, the TRC will hold a forum with other stakeholders on Friday.